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Throngs of Chicago Cubs fans expected for parade

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CHICAGO (AP) It’s a safe bet throngs of Chicago Cubs fans will turn out for a parade honoring the World Series champions.

Watch the parade at CSNChicago.com

Friday’s celebration starts about 10 a.m. when the team leaves Wrigley Field. The parade is scheduled to start at 11 a.m., traveling along Michigan Avenue and then along Columbus Drive.

Officials expect the Cubs motorcade to arrive in Grant Park around noon for a rally.

In 2015, the city estimated 2 million people attended a parade and rally after the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup. It was the third time the Blackhawks won the Cup in six years.

The Cubs’ Game 7 victory in Cleveland breaks a 108-year drought. Fans have a lot of pent-up celebrating to do.

White Sox slugger Jiménez sidelined with bruised foot

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CHICAGO — Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez has a sprained right foot, likely sidelining the slugger for a pivotal season-ending series against the crosstown Cubs.

The White Sox had dropped a season-high five in a row heading into the weekend set, falling out of first place in the AL Central. They are hoping to get back on track heading into their playoff appearance since 2008, but the health of Jimenez is a concern.

Jimenez, who is batting .296 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs, was injured sliding across home in the seventh inning of Chicago’s 5-4 loss at Cleveland on Thursday. Manager Rick Renteria said the 23-year-old left fielder will need “to be off his feet” for a few days.

“There’s inflammation in there and they want to calm it down” Renteria said. “We’ll know more in a few days.”

The White Sox trailed the first-place Twins by a game heading into the series with the Cubs. They are just one ahead of the third-place Indians. The AL postseason begins on Tuesday.